November 7, 2017
Does GOD Know You?
“God yādas them that hāsāh in Him.”
“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 KJV
The word, “Trust” here is “hāsāh” (H2620) and it literally means to take refuge under the shade of a tree; figuratively to take refuge in God. “Hasah” is more than a belief that God is a place of safety. It actually means to choose to trust God as a place of refuge and safety, by running to Him. It is more than a knowing or a feeling, it is a choice marked with action. CWSB
Are You Known?
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matthew 7:20 KJV
“And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity (Lawlessness). Matthew 7:23 KJV
“Know” here is from the word “ginōsko” (G1097) which is the same as “yādā” in the Hebrew. It is to know someone emotionally, experientially, relationally, intimately; with the idea of having strong feelings toward them. It’s more than a collection of knowledge about someone. CWSB
We gain intimate relationship and experience with GOD by continual communion with Him and choosing to put our trust in Him. It’s more than a conscious idea that, “God has me,” but it’s an act of faith in Him when we run to Him as our place of safety and our place of provision. It’s living our lives in that place of intimacy, where we talk to Him, where we go to Him about things on our heart and we choose to trust Him. It is a life of dependence on Him, for the things we find ourselves needing, for answers, for direction and guidance in our every day life. It’s also listening for His voice and trusting Him enough to ask and to do what He says, when He speaks to us.
James 2:14 says, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?”
V. 18 – “Shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew you my faith by my works.”
V. 19 – “Thou believest that there is One God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
V. 26 – “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.”
God intimately knows those that trust Him, those that walk with Him daily. It is one thing to believe in God. The Bible says even the devils believe in Him. It’s another thing entirely to put that belief into action by putting our full trust in Him.
So, it’s good to ask yourself, what manner of relationship do I have with GOD? Have I come beyond the point of knowing He exists, to the place of trusting Him as Lord of my life? Have I surrendered my will and my daily safe keeping to Him? Do I know Him as my Provider, as my Deliverer, as my Healer, or as my Redeemer?
The more we seek Him, the more we have experiences with Him, and we learn new facets of Who He is. As a result, we grow in our relationship, our trust and our walk with Him.
I pray that those who have never had an encounter with the real and living GOD would come to know Him and by faith, to trust Him with their lives. He is good. May none of us waste another precious moment, waiting. The journey of a lifetime begins with a single step, and all that step is, is that we ask Him to forgive us and come into our lives. Today, is the day of salvation and there’s never been a better day for a new beginning.